Amelia is a Curator and Choreographer based in Toronto. Her work approaches the mediums of dance and choreography through curation, creation, performance and teaching. Her practice seeks the parameters of how we watch, understand, and make dance, and ways to re-contextualize the form and trouble these parameters. Amelia’s work has been supported through residencies at HATCH, Toronto Dance Theatre, and Studio 303, and has been presented at OFFTA Montréal, SummerWorks Performance festival, AGO’s First Thursdays, and other itinerant artist-run spaces such as Doored/Double Double Land and Halo Halo Village. As a dancer she works predominantly in multidisciplinary contexts, having interpreted works for Zeesy Powers and Suzy Lake as well as choreographers Carol Anderson, Susie Burpee, and Julia Sasso. An active arts advocate, Amelia has extensive experience in creating, fostering, and developing artist-led and artist-run platforms and initiatives. She is the founder of Flowchart: a Series of Performance, a former Lover at the Toronto Dance Community Love-In and was the inaugural Dance Curator at Summerworks Performance Festival (2015). From 2013-15, she was the Administrative Director of the Canadian Alliance of Dance Artists - Ontario Chapter. Amelia holds an honours BA in Dance Studies from York University (2012). In 2013, Amelia attended Impulstanz Vienna International Dance Festival through the support of the Canada Council for the Arts. Amelia is a 2016 fellow of the Toronto Arts Council Leaders Lab and a participant in 8 DAYS: a Gathering of Choreographers.
Frances Shakov, General Manager, is a cultural management specialist with several years of progressive and significant responsibilities in the arts, and with a preference of working with small- to mid-sized budget charitable performing arts organizations. With a toolbox of well-rounded core administration skills, she specializes in operations capacity building, financial management, strategic planning & implementing, public & private sector fund development, marketing communications and volunteer leadership relations. Prior to joining us in January 2016, Frances was the Operations Executive of the national arts education charity ArtsSmarts; the General Manager for Canada’s Ballet Jőrgen; Executive Director at STAF (now known as Generator); and Regent Park School of Music’s founding Executive Director. Tour experience includes trey anthony’s ‘Da Kink in My Hair to London UK; the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra’s first and only North American tour; and the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra’s first US tour. With a comprehensive background in marketing communications and audience development, Frances was the Marketing Director at the Canadian Opera Company; Marketing Manager for the Bournemouth Symphony; the Marketing and Communications Director at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra; and Marketing Officer-Theatre/Music at the National Arts Centre. She has developed and delivered many marketing, grant writing, budgeting and fund development workshops for independent artists in Toronto and Montreal; lectured Theatre Administration for three years at the University of Ottawa; and sat on grant assessment committees for the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and Theatre Ontario. Frances holds a BA Honours in Theatre from the University of Ottawa; a post-graduate diploma in Business Administration; and a Banff Management for Arts Administrators diploma.
Tanya Bregstein, Production & Facilities Manager, is a Toronto-based Production Manager, Technical Director and Lighting Designer. Prior to stepping into her role at Dancemakers, Tanya spent time working in various productions with many diverse roles, as well as freelancing for a variety of productions throughout her career. Over the last decade, she worked for companies such as Westbury National Show Systems, Production Resource Group, Christie Lites, Diesel Playhouse, Stage West, and at Canada’s Wonderland in the roles of Technical Director, Lighting Board Operator and Head Lighting Technician. Tanya spent several summers with Ontario Place in the role of Event Supervisor, and at Second City as a Stage Manager. She also spent two years abroad working with Carnival Cruise lines as a Production Lighting Technician. Tanya graduated from Sheridan College Theatre Arts – Technical Production program and completed a Certificate in Design at Ryerson.